Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings #9: Carl Neill

Jackson McDonald
January 19 2017 11:15AM

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It's been a bit of a down year for a lot of Canucks prospects, especially defenders. Carl Neill has bucked that trend, scoring at over a point-per game this season in the Q, with a relatively unimpressive supporting cast. The caveat is that he's done so as an overager, so that type of production is more expected than it is encouraging. He's also cooled off a bit since being traded from the Sherbrooke Phoenix to the Charlottetown Islanders, but he's still shown enough to clock in at #9 on our consensus rankings.

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WWYDW: "Power" Play

Jackson McDonald
January 18 2017 09:00AM

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Despite their best efforts, the Canucks just can't lose in regulation, and somehow remain within spitting distance of the playoffs. Perhaps they'd be a little closer if they could get a handle on special teams, but alas, they continue to struggle mightily in that realm. They have the league's 26th ranked PP, and Willie Desjardins seems to be the only man on planet earth that believes the current group is working. 

So, what changes would you make to the PP if you were in charge? Is it as simple as just changing personnel, or would you make tactical adjustments as well?  

Before we get into it, I just want to say that there were so many answers this week, most of them quite good, that I simply couldn't include them all. If you'd like to see more, check out last week's comment section.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 11-12

Jackson McDonald
January 17 2017 03:00PM

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Where does the time go? Less than a week ago we kicked off our annual Midterm Prospect Rankings, and today we're just on the verge of breaking into the top ten. But first, I'll be taking a look at two intriguing players that just missed the cut. 

Before we get into it, let's quickly review the criteria: 

  • The player must be 25 years or younger, and
  • The player must be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season.

As a result, players that are considered to be "graduated" to the NHL (Brendan Gaunce, Nikita Tryamkin, Jake Virtanen, Anton Rodin) are not eligible.

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The Canucks' Recent Point Streak Is Potentially Damaging Long-Term

Jackson McDonald
January 17 2017 01:00PM

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The Canucks haven't been a particularly good team for the better part of the past four years. For that reason, the team getting a point in nine of their last ten outings has offered a brief respite from what's otherwise been a rather dreary four and a half seasons. Unfortunately, it's also been ultimately damaging to the long-term health of the franchise, and not for the reasons you may think. 

Fans and pundits have spent countless hours discussing the topic of tanking, the merits and drawbacks, and whether or not it compromises the integrity of the game, so much so that the NHL felt the need to change the draft lottery odds to dissuade teams from purposefully icing a sub-par lineup.

All that has really served to distract from the larger picture of what it means to be in a rebuild: it's not so much a race to the bottom as it is the ability to recognize when your team will be in its competitive window and planning accordingly. Obviously, a top five pick helps matters along, but it's more of a means than an end. The true goal remains to assemble a competitive team.

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Canucks Army Midterm Prospect Rankings: 15-16

Jackson McDonald
January 16 2017 03:00PM

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Alright folks, we're back in the saddle once again for part three of our Midterm prospect rankings. Just to recap the parameters for consideration for the rankings are as follows:

  • The player must be 25 years or younger, and
  • The player must be eligible for the Calder Trophy next season.

As a result, players that are considered to be "graduated" to the NHL (Brendan Gaunce, Nikita Tryamkin, Jake Virtanen, Anton Rodin) are not eligible. 

I'll be covering the 15th and 16th prospects on our consensus ranking after the jump.

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